Missoula Police Find ‘Person of Interest’ in Case of Children’s Bones Found in Box
Missoula Police are still searching for information related to a box containing the bones of three children found in a central Missoula neighborhood last September. For a while, Police were searching for a “person of interest,” but Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh says that person has since been located.
"This is ongoing," said Welsh. "We are still in contact with Michigan State Police. However, as far as that case there, we are just waiting for potential identification. We have interviewed the one person that we had determined to be a person of interest and he is no longer being sought. Our interviews continue."
Welsh says interviews with the "person of interest" occurred the week of December 18th, and that there is no longer a “person of interest” and no suspect in the case right now, at this point police are waiting for information to return from the lab, a process which is expected to take months.
"For the most part, we are now waiting to see if we can get identification on these bones and we are told that could take anywhere from three to six months," Welsh said. "That analysis is taking place at the University of North Texas with NamUs, which is the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System."
So far the only connections between the bones found in Missoula and the three missing boys from Minnesota is that the age range of the bones found in the box match up with the age ranges of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, who disappeared seven years ago.